Job characteristics and leisure physical activity.

TitleJob characteristics and leisure physical activity.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsWu, B, Porell, F
JournalJ Aging Health
Date Published2000 Nov
ISSN Number0898-2643
KeywordsDemography, Exercise, Female, Humans, Job Description, Job Satisfaction, Leisure activities, Male, Middle Aged, Stress, Psychological, United States

OBJECTIVES: This study employs a sample population of older workers to estimate an empirical model of leisure exercise activity. Alternative theories relating work and leisure attitudes relevant for understanding the exercise behavior of older workers are tested empirically.

METHODS: Responses of 6,433 full-time older workers (51 to 61 years old) from the 1992 Health and Retirement Study (HRS) are grouped into two white-collar and blue-collar worker categories and are analyzed to test whether self-reported levels of regular physical activity are associated with the physical demands and stress associated with one's job.

RESULTS: Although the white-collar workers, whose jobs involve more physical efforts, are more likely to do light physical activity, the blue-collar workers, whose jobs are more physically demanding, tend to engage in more vigorous exercise.

DISCUSSION: The empirical results are most supportive of the generalization theory, and they also illustrate the complexity of relationships between work and leisure physical activity.

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Job Characteristics/Physical Fitness/Occupational Stress/Workers/Health Behavior/Work to Leisure Relationship/Work Attitudes

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Alternate JournalJ Aging Health
Citation Key6685
PubMed ID11503731